The Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS

Convergence. You gotta love convergence. Many device types have vanished in the name of convergence. One such device that comes to mind is the Personal Digital Assistant or simply the PDA. Many believed these devices were the future. I was one  of those people. I’ve owned several PDAs in my time but they are all gone now. They have been swallowed up but the smartphone juggernaut. To call the smartphone a juggernaut may be an understatement, the smartphone is taking over. Point and shoot cameras, handheld video game consoles and more recently even laptops are not safe. Just look at the Motorola Atrix! A dual core monster phone that can double as a netbook! Convergence couldn’t be more apparent than with handheld consoles right now.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, twin of the PSP

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, twin of the PSP

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play is just the example. It’s an Android smartphone packing a slide out gamepad, similar to the one found on a PSP Go. It is apparent to me that this is the direction Sony is going to go from here on.

The Go is going to go the way of the dodo. The 3DS too. But that just ruins my rhyme :-p

The Nintendo 3DS has something unique in its 3D display. In the coming year, I bet there will be several phones announced with 3D displays – possibly even better than the one on the 3DS.

With the sheer size rate of growth of the Android market and the Apple App Store, people will expect more out of the PSP2 and the Nintendo 3DS – and more they will not get. It is therefore apparent that this is the end of the line for dedicated mobile consoles. In fact, it surprises me that they even bothered. At least Sony seems to have a plan for the PSP line, I wonder when the Nintendo Phone coming?

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